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Investment Incentives and the Global Competition for Capital

Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Kenneth P. Thomas
    Pages 1-17
  3. Kenneth P. Thomas
    Pages 18-38
  4. Kenneth P. Thomas
    Pages 39-48
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 163-201

About this book


This is a global study of government subsidies to attract investment. The book shows how corporations use site selection as rent extraction, with developing countries investing more than developed ones. It demonstrates that incentive use is rarely a good policy, especially for countries without adequate education and infrastructure.


competition European Union (EU) Government Investment Policy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Center for International StudiesUniversity of Missouri-St. LouisUSA

About the authors

KENNETH P. THOMAS Associate Professor of Political Science and Fellow in the Center for International Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, USA. He is an expert on multinational corporations, competition for investment, and subsidies.

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Finance, Business & Banking


"What if the government passed a law requiring every business to pay a tax except your competitor's business? That kind of government meddling in the market goes on every day in America.Now, thanks to a book being published by Palgrave Macmillan titled Investment Incentives and the Global Competition for Capital, we have some idea of how much these giveaways to businesses cost and the harm they are doing. In 200 packed pages, Prof. Kenneth P. Thomas, a political scientist at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, documents how tax giveaways to big business are growing around the globe. . ." - David Cay Johnston,